2008 February 11

conference-delegates-by-oxfam.jpgMost people now accept that the climate change debate has shifted from whether we need to act to what we must do and how best to do it – and the clothing industry has been in the forefront of both innovation (organic and sustainable clothing) and criticism (sweatshops and carbon footprints).  The Climate Change Summit 2008 is notable for the input that is being given by big hitters in the garment and textile industries.  Taking place at the Regent’s Park Marriot Hotel between 12 and 12 February, the Summit offers delegates opportunities to explore the enormous changes that lie ahead and aims to help them discover how to make a virtue out of necessity.

Key topics include: climate initiatives that achieve both environmental and business objectives; designing climate change messages to win the support of sceptical consumers (in other words, how to communicate with your customers without being accused of ‘greenwashing’); a complete guide to using offsets and taking advantage of carbon trading; ways to report a company’s climate change objectives and achievements for maximum impact; and most crucially – how to manage the many risks of climate change. Speakers who have a major stake in the garment and textile industries include:

  • Anabel Drese from Timberland
  • Mike Barry, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility for Marks & Spencer
  • Philip Charles Gamett, Director of the Continental Clothing Company. 

National insights will be provided by:

  • Jane Milne , Director of Business Environment at The British Retail Consortium
  • Ellen Gladders, Manager for the Community and the Environment at Tesco. 

Learn more at: http://www.ethicalcorp.com/climate/
International Conference Delegates courtesy of Oxfam

2 Comments | Add your own
  • mark&hellip
    February 12th, 2008 at 11:37 am

    This is indeed a great move from the clothing manufacturers. There should always be some one to be a model so that others also can follow them. Personally, I never thought of the impact of clothes on the climate change, but reading this post I started wondering the about the significant impact of clothes can make on our climate.

  • Simon&hellip
    February 15th, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    I think you’re absolutely right Mark, sometimes it just needs a celebrity to ‘tip’ an idea or a concept, and of course when considering ‘big’ businesses and their ecological footprint, the individual pails in almost insignificance.

    An excellent move by the clothing manufactures. Thanks for posting this.


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